double compartment 'a' used throughout.
the upper compartment of Scribe D's 'a' is usually smaller than the lower compartment.
the scribe has a variety of upper case 'A's. This version and version 4 are just two examples, but the only variations on the folios examined.
this 'open-centred d' is typical of this scribe and many 'd's on the two folios examined are of this type.
in other manuscripts by this scribe, most of the 'd's would be of this type, ie with closed upper loop.
Usage: Ri(card)i s(e)c(un)di
this 'd' is formed differently and again may be found occasionally in Scribe D's other manuscripts.
Scribe D's 'g' is almost always double compartment. The upper compartment generally has a more vertical aspect than the lower compartment which often has a horizontal splay.
'g' in final position often has a shorter, or longer vertical tag descending from the horizontal slash.
'h' is usually neatly formed.
the tail stroke may be longer and curve round to rejoin the base of the stem.
occasionally the tail of 'h' turns counter-clockwise.
upper case 'H' is no different here from the lower case graph.
long 'r' is the scribe's preferred graph and used in all positions.
the downward curve of the shoulder stroke of this final 'r' was noted by Doyle and Parkes as one of this scribe's individual traits.
modern 'r' is also in Scribe D's repertoire, though here only in the rubric. The scribe's 'z'-shaped 'r' follows the round-bodied graph of 'p'.
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
kidney-shaped 's' is the scribe's preferred graph in final position.
8-shaped 's' does not occur very often on the two folios of this manuscript which were examined. In other manuscripts he prefers this 's' for long stretches.
double parallel lines as decoration are often a feature of upper case graphs.
'w' is distinctive in that the loop or open stroke at the head of the middle arm is usually above the level of left and right elements.
a typical version with left arm as a separate stroke.
no distinction between upper and lower case graphs.
'y' is frequently dotted.
very occasionally it is possible to see the extended tail of 'y' looping up above the graph to supply the dot.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn is squat with little length to the stem.
thorn is used in all the usual places as well as occasionally replacing 'th'.
yogh is used as representative of the 'y' sound.
|Upper Case Letters|
this is a typical upper case 'I' of this scribe. A waving lead-in stroke and a single protuberance to the left of shaft are typical.
scribe D's upper case 'T's are very regularly formed with the looped stroke of the body almost always connecting back to the vertical.
upper case 'B' almost always has a 2-shaped element to begin.
again this is a characteristic form for upper case 'P' with curved, oblique stroke within the lobe.